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Hi!
I have been struggling to find a good recordingmic for my tenor and altosax!
I have a ADK Vienna condenser mic,and a Shure SM 58!
The ADK gives me a somewhat unpleasent "windy" thin sound!It's seems to
pickup som frequency's outside the sax range,but it,s a broad sound(big)!
SM 58 gives me a better saxsound,but is to narrow sounding(in the box sound)!I have herd that the Sennheiser mic's is good for recording sax!
Should I go for a Md 421 which has a pricetag which I can afford.or should I
look for a seconhand Md 441!
Md 441 have a frequency range from 20hz-20khz!Isn't that to high for a sax
and it vill gives me the same problems I have with my ADK,which have the same frequency response!Or is it more pleasant sounding because it's a
dynamic mic!
Thanx for any replye's!
Opus7
 

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I've been using a 421 with great success. Good mic.

441s are supposed to be excellent too...just a matter of how much you want to pay; I've never tried one myself.
 

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The 441 is a hyper-cardoid pattern. It is tighter than a 421 and requires more db of gain from the mic pre. It is an excellent choice for saxophone when performing live in a loud situation.

I would not recommend it for recording. A large diaphragm condenser mic is the way to go. A "valve", or "tube" mic, coupled with a good mic-pre will yield the best results.
 

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With the 441, any movement off-axis will change the sound if you're close micing at all. For me, the 421 was warmer too...
 

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Thanx for your replyes!
The ADK Vienna is a large diaphragm condenser mic,but I dont like the sound
it produce!Shure there are others that not have that nasty effect,but they are to expensive!Ihave a Alto valve mic preamp,but I prefer my Edirol UA 25
USB interface,wich have pretty god mic preamps,and a built in limiter,and works like a charm! I have also tested to record with my Tascam 488 Mark2
8 channel multirecorder,that I only use as a mixer!It also have very good
preamps and 48volt phantom supply,and in the insert I have a DBX 166A
kompressor/limiter to take care of high peaks!But no change in sound to the better,so it must be the ADK mic that colour the sound in a wrong way!
Opus7
 
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